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Catskill Community Center in dire need of repair

Jul 18, 2017 7:00 am

Daniel Zuckerman is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Catskill Community Center building, located at 344 Main Street in the village, is in dire need of repair. Among the issues plaguing the structure: A leaking roof, faulty heating system, deteriorating facade and asbestos that must be removed before any other work can be done. Center Executive Director Beth Horton said these issues have reached critical mass and they need to be fixed immediately. Temporary patches have been made to the roof where an animal dug down to the insulation. The internal pipes have rotted, Horton said. “It’s kind of one of those things, which fire do you put out first?” she said. “The band-aids are only going to last so long.” The price tag for repairs is estimated between $1 million and $1.5 million. The Catskill town and village boards are aware of the situation, Horton said. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited the center in May and has helped to identify potential grants for the project. The center's Board of Directors is also planning to contact U.S. Rep. John Faso, state Sen. George Amedore and state Assembly member Pete Lopez about the building's condition and potential public funding available for its rehabilitation. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.